Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, has called on religious leaders in the state to harp on the importance of personal responsibility and family values in a bid to tackle the myriads of problems facing the country.
Speaking today at the commissioning of the ultra-modern Quranic Central Mosque and the turbaning of Admiral Jubrila Ayinla and his wife, Alhaja Jemilah Ayinla, as the New Baba Adinni and Amira Tul-Mehmeen of the Quranic Muslim Community, respectively, Dr. Hamzat emphasized that lack of personal responsibility is becoming an issue in the country and needs to be addressed if the country is to move forward.
Hamzat said, “A lot of people do say that the problem with Nigeria is leadership. Well, I want to say that it is not 100% correct in my view. The problem is that the family has broken up, and there is a lack of personal responsibility in the country. Many people have left their responsibilities undone, which is having negative effects on society and the country at large.”
He, therefore, called on all citizens, irrespective of their religion, to take personal responsibility very seriously and play their roles effectively and efficiently, adding that leadership starts from the home, which is the bedrock of any developed society.
In his paper titled, “Revisiting the Centrality of the Mosque and the Quran in Islam,” the Guest Speaker, Prof. Tajudeen Gbadamosi, stressed the importance of the Quran as a book of guidance that must be studied by all Muslims to know.
He admonished parents to learn from the guidance of the Holy Quran and the examples of the Prophets that they have a responsibility to command their children to serve and worship the Almighty Allah and keep them safe from hell. He said they should show concern about their children’s religious commitments and success in the hereafter.
The Guest Speaker added that there is a need to establish classes for the study of the Quran for the benefit of all categories of worshippers: males and females, young, middle-aged, and senior citizens. He stated that tutors should be sourced from reputable schools and centers across the country to teach the people in the center.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Vise President of the Quranic Central Mosque, Lagos, Alhaji Shakirudeen Olatunji Giwa, disclosed that the new mosque was initially built in 1877, rebuilt, and commissioned in 1987, and is now being reconstructed to an ultramodern standard through financial support received from members and non-members of the mosque.
He used the opportunity to express appreciation to all who stood by them when renovation work was ongoing and thanked members of the Working Committee who devoted their time and energy to achieving the remarkable feat, stressing that the organization will continue to seek support for the propagation of Islam.
While congratulating the president of the organization, Admiral Jubrila Ayinla (Retd), and his wife, Alhaja Jemilah Ayinla, on their installation as Baba Adinni and Amira–Tu-Muhmeen of the Quranic Muslim Community, Nigeria, respectively, the Vise President noted that the installation was in recognition and endorsement of their immense service and support to the organization and would further serve as an impetus to do more.